- Book Style:Story for toddlers
- Reading Level: 2 (Read with Help due to: some mid-level vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 5-7 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Somehow cartoonish and life-like at the same time
- Age Target: 1-5 Years of Age
- Author: Monique T. Joseph
- Author’s Page: http://www.moniquejoseph.com
I Did it, I Did It: Zoie Learns to Potty is an wonderful story for children written by Monique T. Joseph. Monique’s story is all about Zoie learning how to use the potty, who has a loving family that knows she’s ready for this lesson. Her parents offer her a chance to learn to use the potty instead of her diaper, which I’m sure as a parent you know is a dreaded moment. In this case however, Zoie takes full advantage of the opportunity to learn and you and your toddler will witness her triumph.
When trying to teach toddlers anything, it’s important to keep them engaged and interested in the topic. One of the best ways to do that is with rhyme play and rhyming (which, surprise surprise, is why Nursery Rhymes are so great). Our author has used rhyme as a basis for her writing style, as she rhymes at least once per page (and usually twice). As I’m sure you’re well aware of, this kind of writing always makes a book easier to read, as you can read with a bit of a pace and an almost song-like voice. It just makes reading more fun for everyone and your child absorbs more.
Now, the educational nature of a book is one of the things that we like to focus on here at Toddler Book Reviews. That doesn’t mean that I want to read purely educational and/or scholarly books to my toddler. That’s not only boring, but I don’t think it’s effective. What I like about this book is that it teaches without anyone knowing it is. My child simply absorbed the story and although he’s already potty trained himself, I could see that this book would have seriously motivated him to try and use a real toilet.
I think my favorite part of the education that children will receive with this book is that they’ll understand the whole process behind using a potty. As you read through the story, the descriptions are sometimes (a bit shocking) very telling as to what your child will experience. It’s almost like our author remembers her first experience as a child…which is just funny to imagine actually. In any case, the descriptions will totally prepare your little one for the adventure!
It’s always hard to critique illustrations in a book. First off, I basically have no artistic capability. Not only that, but critiquing illustrations is entirely subjective by its very nature. In any case, here goes….
The illustrations in this book are stunning. I absolutely love them and I watched my little guy stare at them with quite a bit of interest. He asked lots of questions about them, and as a parent I absolutely loved that. I think what struck me is the style is extremely fun to look at. It’s an entirely modern style that I’ve honestly seen only in extremely high production value media. I love the depth of expressions on the characters faces; I love the fun colors used; I love the realism in such a cartoonish style. I just love it.
All in all, this is a great educational book that is a lot of fun to read. The writing style and educational nature of the book make this an easy choice for us as parents, and the illustrations make the book fun to look at for our toddlers.
It’s a complete package, and right now you can pre-order the book for $14.99 USD (Pre-Order) on Monique’s website. The price jumps up to $16.99 once the pre-sale is over, so get on it, would you?
Thanks for reading…with your toddlers,